ISO 14001 Environmental Management System

Welcome to DEQ's ISO 14001 Environmental Management System page.

An environmental management system is a powerful tool that can be utilized by any organization to first assess how it interacts with the environment, and then to minimize those interactions. In particular ISO 14001 is the internationally approved standard for environmental management systems. The prime driving force within ISO 14001 is continual improvement. Any organization that subscribes to the principles contained within ISO 14001 must be able to provide evidence that it continually strives to reduce its environmental impact. ISO 14001 also provides opportunity for interested stakeholders external to the organization to become involved in the organization's continual improvement process. It is expected that this website will be useful both to those organizations who want to pursue ISO 14001 and the external stakeholders who desire to understand the requirements and potential interactions provided by ISO 14001.

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* © Copyright International Organization for Standardization (ISO). All rights reserved. This material is reproduced from ISO 14001:1996 with permission of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) on behalf of ISO.

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